Doan Theatre

10402 St. Clair Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44108

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The Doan Theatre opened in around 1919 and closed in the early-1950’s. It had difficulty competing with the larger and more opulent Uptown Theatre, which was also operated by Warner Bros. located across the street and down a block from the Doan Theatre at 10515 St. Clair Avenue. The Doan Theatre did have a balcony and a full stage that was once used for vaudeville shows.

Contributed by Roger Stewart

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buckguy
buckguy on February 27, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Doan’s Creek is what runs along MLK (formerly Liberty Blvd), through the cultural gardens to Wade Park Lagoon. Doan’s Corners had died out as a name for Euclid-105, but Doan still had resonance, and was on the Glenville side of Liberty.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on March 6, 2011 at 6:54 am

It’s possible that Loew’s operated the Euclid from 1919 until they built the Park in 1921 across the street and a little bit west. As this theatre was less than half the size of the Loew’s Park it probably became a move-over house and Loew’s eventually lost interest. The subsequent operator probably renamed it. It would be interesting to see if there are any advertisements showing Loew’s operating the Euclid and Park simultaneously.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on March 6, 2011 at 7:33 am

Ah, I would agree DB, except that the Doan/Loew’s Euclid was not on Euclid, but on St. Clair near 105th, so it could not have been across the street from the Park. (see my comment above, when I noted that neither of this theater’s names really makes locational sense).

Otherwise, I think your conjecture about what Loew’s probably did in 1921 makes good sense, especially – as you probably know, the area round 105th and Euclid wasa sort of second downtown for a couple of decades, with two very grand palaces and some smaller houses along with any fine restaurant and stores. If you go there, it is almost hard to believe what it once was, how rundown it became. most of the area is occupied by hospitals and offices.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on March 6, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I don’t know how I missed that – I guess from the names Euclid and Doan I just assumed…well…no excuse…careless reading at 2am.

sweetums
sweetums on July 19, 2011 at 1:29 am

My mother worked at the Doan Theater in Cleveland in the late 1940s. She sold tickets. She has been deceased since 1983 and I just found out about this today. Anyone else out there whose parents/grandparents worked at Doan’s? Please get in touch by e-mail at .

Hehrman28
Hehrman28 on August 10, 2011 at 2:21 am

I was the Assistant Manager of this theater way back in the Late 40’s. One unusual feature was a big pond in the lobby stocked with beautiful large Gold Fish. Adult admission was 50 cents, Junior was 25 cents, children 10 cents. Those were the days. hehrman28

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on February 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm

I am convinced that this theater was never known as Loew’s Euclid, based on this ad for Loew’s Theaters that appears on Mike Rivest’s Picasa photosite. The ad is from 1921 and shows the list of theaters operated by Loew’s since 1917.

If you zoom in, you can see that the Loew’s Euclid theater was at 9th and Euclid, which means that it is most likely, if not certainly the Euclid Theater built by Joseph Laronge; if the information for that theater is correct indicating that it opened in 1914, then Loew’s assumed control of it by 1921 at the latest, which would make highly unlikely that Loew’s ever had anything to do with this theater.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 3, 2013 at 11:06 pm

American Cinema’s Transitional Era: Audiences, Institutions, Practices, by Charlie Keil and Shelly Stamp, cites a 1913 advertisement for a Doan Theatre in Cleveland. A Doan Theatre was also mentioned in the July 1, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World, but no location was mentioned, and it might not have been this house.

Showtime in Cleveland: The Rise of a Regional Theater Center, by John Vacha, mentions the Doan Theatre in a paragraph about houses opened in the 1920s, saying that “…the Doan ushered moviegoers into a lobby rotunda modeled after an Aztec temple….” which certainly doesn’t sound like something that would have been built prior to the 1920s. The earlier Doan Theatre might have been remodeled, or replaced altogether.

As for the Doan ever having been a Loew’s house, a Loew’s Doan Theatre in Cleveland is mentioned on page 27 of a 1986 issue of Theatre Organ: Journal of the American Theatre Organ Society, Volume 28. It quotes a source dated July, 1926. So, while this house was certainly never Loew’s Euclid, it must have been Loew’s Doan.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 19, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Listings in the Plain Dealer 1915-1952

Mark_L
Mark_L on January 19, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Mike Rivest, do you have an online source for the Plain Dealer or do you have access to microfilm?

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